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#114 — Politics and Sanity
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan about the Trump presidency, hyper-partisanship, how democracies fail, immigration, the lowering life expectancy in the U.S., racism, social media, the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#113 — Consciousness and the Self
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the nature of consciousness, how to think about it scientifically, where consciousness emerges in nature, anesthesia, sleep, dreams, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up at SamHarris.org/support.

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#112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#111 — The Science of Meditation
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice. They speak about the original stigma associated with meditation, the history of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health, “meta-awareness,” the relationship between mindfulness and “flow,” the difference between pain and suffering, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#110 — The Change Artist
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with AJ Jacobs about religion, gossip, polyamory, health advice, our past and future selves, “radical honesty,” human genealogy, tribalism, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#109— Biology and Culture
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bret Weinstein about the moral panic at Evergreen State College, the concept of race, genetic differences between human populations, intersectionality, sex and gender, “metaphorical truth,” religion and “group selection,” equality, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#108 — Defending the Experts
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise. They discuss the “Dunning-Kruger Effect,” the growth of knowledge and reliance on authority, when experts fail, the repudiation of expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Benatar about his philosophy of “anti-natalism." They discuss the asymmetry between the good and bad things in life, the ethics of existential risk, the moral landscape, the limits and paradoxes of introspection, the “experience machine” thought experiment, population ethics, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#106 — Humanity 2.0
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/cas9. They talk about the biology of gene editing, how specific tissues in the body can be targeted, the ethical implications of changing the human genome, the importance of curiosity-driven science, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
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The following conversation between Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty was recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on November 2, 2017. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support. 

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#104 — The Lessons of Death
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#103 — American Fantasies
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kurt Andersen about the American aptitude for unfounded belief, the religious lunacy of the Puritans, populist mistrust of authority, the link between postmodernism and religious fundamentalism, the unique history of American religious entrepreneurship, the Trump phenomenon, the effect of fame on politics, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#102 — Is Buddhism True?
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#101 — Defending the Republic
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Cass Sunstein about the polarization and fragmentation of American society, “choice architecture,” the importance of face-to-face interactions for problem solving, group polarization and identity politics, virtuous extremism, the wisdom of crowds, direct democracy, the limits of free speech, the process of Presidential impeachment, and other topics.  You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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#100 — Facing the Crowd
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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Facing the Crowd
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and the current threats to free speech. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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The "After On" Interview
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This episode of the Waking Up podcast features an interview that Sam Harris did with Rob Reid on the After On podcast. They speak about publishing, psychedelics, terrorism, meditation, free speech and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

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#99 — The Fate of Liberalism
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Lilla about the fate of political liberalism in the United States, the emergence of a new identity politics, the roll of class in American society, wealth inequality, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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#98 — Into the Dark Land
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.  You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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#97 — The Impossible War
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In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

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